Bedfordshire buyers are revving up to reserve new homes coming soon to a former General Motors site named by a local teen.
More than 300 have registered their interest in new Redrow homes being built on land between Chaul End and Caddington.
Previous owners General Motors had marketed the site, once used to test new mode and more recently to store new vehicles, as Chaulington.
But Redrow wanted to give the area its own identity and invited local people to suggest a name for the new neighbourhood.
Dozens of entries were received and inspired by Mansoor Ahmed’s submission, Redrow chose the name Caddington Woods.
Mansoor, 18, who is now a student in Birmingham, said: “I grew up in near Chaul End and used to go to Caddington Woods with my friends so have a lot of memories of the area. I thought they should call the development Caddys End, but I’m happy they’ve called it Caddington Woods.”
The site benefits from planning permission for up to 325 homes ranging in size from one to five-bedrooms and including some affordable homes.
Redrow has secured reserved matters consent for the first phase of 113 properties, the first of which are soon to be released for sale.
Tonia Tyler, sales director for Redrow Homes (South Midlands), said: “The naming competition really captured people’s imaginations and along with entries it also generated enquiries from potential purchasers. We will be keeping those who’ve registered their interest informed of our progress as we work towards releasing the first homes for sale in March.”
Caddington Woods is just one of the spots selected to reintroduce wildlife-friendly habitats to land previously unsupportive of flora and fauna as part of Redrow’s partnership with the RSPB.
A new land trust will use the income from some of the affordable homes on the development to manage open space and community facilities including a low carbon community building, sport facilities and play areas. They will also run a community bus providing a link between the new neighbourhood and the surrounding area.
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1billion turnover and building more than 4,000 homes in 2014/15 financial year.
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
• Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and five consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk.